Date you joined the School
January 2018.

 What do you do at Bethany?
Head of Art; teaching Art, Photography and Textiles.

What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I have taught Fine Art and Photography, with a specialism in Post 16 education. Before teaching, I worked for a contemporary furniture design company.

What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
My favourite artists include Frida Kahlo because I love Mexico, and her revolutionary spirit and sense of self; and I enjoy the saturated photographs of William Egglestone that capture the spirit of America at the time.

What is your favourite quotation and why?
It is quite a famous one, but Picasso said Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. I try to remember to keep that sense of wonder and fearlessness that I had as a child.

What was your favourite subject at School and why?
English was my favourite subject; I loved expressing my ideas and imagination through language, and I had the most inspiring teacher named Mr Goodluck who used to be incredibly animated!

Why do you like working at Bethany?
When I first visited Bethany I was impressed with the warmth shown by staff and pupils, and felt that there was a wonderful sense of community. I am lucky to have a brilliant team within the Art department, and creative, talented pupils!

What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I enjoy cooking, particularly spicy foods. I find it relaxing to create my own artwork in my free time, and particularly enjoy painting and photography; fortunately, I have job that allows me to do what I love every day!

If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
I would like to live a life of leisure in Tuscany, close to the vineyards and Florence, and scoff copious amounts of truffle infused pasta! I would pretend to be an artist but would really just soak up my surroundings and let life slow down.

Sarah Smart